Our Values

Core values convey the convictions and priorities of the church. They are the principles of life that guide its outlook and conduct. We here at Living Way embrace the following five core values, which guide our community.

1. Gospel — The Foundation of Discipleship

We believe that the gospel lies at the core of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The gospel is the good news that through Christ, the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated on earth. We are given entrance into God’s Kingdom when we place our faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross—where He took upon Himself the unmitigated wrath of God for our sins and gave us His righteousness in return (2 Cor. 5:21). This assures us of God’s full acceptance and love since He does not see us according to our performance but according to what Christ has done for us. We serve and obey Him not to earn His approval but because we have His approval in full. The gospel motivates us from acceptance, not towards it. This is the center from which every other value flows.

2. Abandoned — The Lifestyle of Discipleship

We believe that devotion to Christ and His cause will lead to an abandoned life (Luke 9:23−25, 14:25−33). In an age when many in the Church have redefined the gospel to fit their lifestyles or cultural preferences, we believe the call of discipleship is to live “radically”—that is, to reject societal values and ideas that contradict the gospel (e.g., security, materialism, comfort, conve-nience) in order to pursue Christ and His glory. Just as the man who found the treasure hid¬den in a field (Matt 13:44), a Christian is one who gladly gives up worldly riches and pleasures for the eternal security and satisfaction that is found in Christ alone. This is a calling for every believer, not only for “super saints.” We therefore believe that an abandoned life should be the normal disposition reflected in every Christian.

3. Scripture — The Lifeblood of Discipleship

We believe that the truth of God as revealed in Scripture is His power for transforming lives. The Bible is completely reliable, true, inerrant, and authori¬tative (Heb. 4:12).  Scripture pierces the mind and heart, affecting every aspect of our beings, that we might love the Lord with all our heart, soul, body, and mind. It is in hearing and applying the truth of God’s Word that one is formed more and more into the likeness of Christ and consequently, experiences life the way it was meant to be lived.  Thus Jesus prays concerning His disciples, “Sanctify them by the Truth; Your Word is Truth” (John 17:17). Genuine spiritual growth cannot oc¬cur without God’s Word, period. It is the very wellspring of our life in God and the source by which we are equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16).

4. Community — The Context of Discipleship

We believe people are called to and made for loving relationships. In fact, it is in relating with others and participating in deep, abiding, and transparent community that profound life-change can take place. Therefore, we place a high priority on our small group ministry through which community can be fostered. Furthermore, ev¬ery ministry is expected to reflect this value for relation¬ships, as our calling as a church is not simply to fulfill a certain task but to build Christ-centered relationships. Loving and self-sacrificing relationships based in truth must characterize the very work of min¬istry, for in many ways they are the very work of minis¬try.

5. Multiplication — The Mission of Discipleship

We believe that the Church must touch unbelievers with the reality of Jesus Christ. This is the primary purpose of the Church in this world. Jesus said His main mission was “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). He gave His Church the same mission when He said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt 28:19−20). As we have been and are being transformed by the gospel of Christ, we are now called to spread the gospel to those around us. This value for the growth of His Kingdom through multiplication ultimately reveals our desire to glorify the Lord in all that we do.